Greece: An Insider's Expedition

March 7-16, 2020

 

 

The rare opportunity to travel with Dr. Daniel B. Wallace, Executive Director of CSNTM.

The Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts and Ancient Tours are excited to offer this rare opportunity to view first-hand the ongoing work of CSNTM. Under the direction of Dr. Daniel B. Wallace, you will have the unique experience of visiting several important locations, go behind the scenes to view particular New Testament manuscripts, meet key individuals, and engage the CSNTM staff. In addition, you will have the opportunity to study the Scriptures as you visit such sites as Mars Hill, Corinth, and Cenchreae. Come join us on this incredible adventure!

Highlights of this premier 10-day tour of Greece:

  • You will be staying in strategically located, 4/5-star hotels. These hotels are some of Greece’s finest!
  • You will enjoy dining at some of Greece’s best restaurants. It is a culinary experience you will not forget!
  • You will have an opportunity to view several Greek New Testament  manuscripts under the direction of Dr. Daniel B. Wallace and staff at CSNTM.
  • You will visit several key biblical sites in Greece, including ancient Athens, Corinth, and Cenchreae.
  • You will travel to one of the most breathtaking locations in the world—Meteora. This rock formation hosts one of the largest complexes of monasteries in Greece.
  • You will have the opportunity to hear Dr. Christos Karakolis, a leading New Testament scholar from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.
  • You will participate in an all-day cruise of the beautiful Saronic islands of Hydra, Poros, and Aegina.
  • You will enjoy free time for shopping, exploring on your own, or simply sipping a cup of coffee.
  • You will receive a field-manual to enhance your time in the land.
  • You will have a memorable farewell dinner.

Greece: An Insider’s Expedition – March 7-16, 2020

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Saturday, March 7
Depart from the Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport
Sunday, March 8

Athens, Greece

Meals:  Lunch and Dinner

View of Athens from Lycabettos Hill, Greece.

We will arrive at the Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport in Athens.  We will then board our bus for a brief tour of the city.  After which, we will check into one of Athens’ finest hotels, the Hilton.  After freshening up, we will depart for a wonderful dinner on the top of Lycabettos Hill.  From this location, you will have a gorgeous, panoramic view of the city–a perfect way to begin your tour of Greece!

Monday, March 9
Athens, Greece

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

The Acropolis is an ancient citadel located on a rocky outcrop above the city of Athens.

Our day will begin with breakfast at the Hilton Hotel–considered the best breakfast location in all of Athens. After enjoying their incredible buffet, we will visit Greece’s number one tourist destination–the Acropolis.  At this site, which is rich with history, we will view such structures as the Parthenon and the Erectheum.  After which, we will view Athens atop Mars Hill–the location where Paul stood and preached the truth to the Gentile nations. Here we will take some time to reflect on Paul’s words in Acts 17. We will then have lunch at the Chocolat Royal, a restaurant located on the western slope of the Acropolis Hill and Agora. In the afternoon, we have the first of several rare opportunities to witness first-hand the work of CSNTM. Under the guidance of Dr. Wallace, we will view some of the most significant Greek New Testament manuscripts housed at the National Library of Greece. 

Tuesday, March 10
Kalambaka, Greece

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

After breakfast, we will make our way to Meteora, home to 24 monasteries. This rock formation in central Greece provides some of the most scenic landscape in all of Greece. This location also boasts of one of the largest and most precipitously built complexes of Greek Orthodox monasteries in the world.  Along the way, we will stop in the adjacent town of Kalambaka for lunch and an opportunity to shop. After which, we will check into the Divani Meteora Hotel.

Greek monasteries at Meteora.

Wednesday, March 11
Kalambaka, Greece

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Greece. Meteora. The Holy Monastery of Great Meteoron, the Transfiguration of Jesus. The Meteora area is on UNESCO World Heritage List since 1988.

Dr. Wallace and the staff of CSNTM have spent time in Meteora and have researched some of the manuscripts located here. On this trip, we will have the unique opportunity to visit one of these key locations, the 700-year-old Holy Monastery of the Transfiguration. This is the oldest and largest monastery in Meteora.

Thursday, March 12
Athens, Greece

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner 

Assistant Executive Director, Robert Marcello, digitizing one of the Greek New Testament manuscripts.

Traveling back to Athens, we will spend our early afternoon examining some of the manuscripts at the Benaki Museum. Dedicated to Greek culture, this museum has an extensive collection of manuscripts, rare books, and icons. Later in the day, we will check into the Hilton Hotel. Dinner that evening will be served at one of the Athens’ finest restaurants, the Dionysos. You will enjoy a delicious meal as you face the southern slope of the Acropolis.

Friday, March 13
Athens, Greece

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

View of Port of Hydra, Saronic,Greece.

Pack your bathing suit because today entails a relaxing and unforgettable cruise of the Saronic Gulf! We will be exploring the beautiful islands of Hydra, Poros, and Aegina. In addition to their beauty, these islands provide opportunities to shop, relax, and enjoy a pastry or two!

Saturday, March 14
Athens, Greece

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Ruins of Appollo temple with fortress at back in ancient Corinth

Today’s journey entails the ancient city of Corinth. An important site in relationship to Paul’s missionary work (see Acts 18), we will view the Archaeological Museum, the Market Place, the Bema, and the Temples.  We will also be sure to view the Erastus inscription–most likely the same individual mentioned in Romans 16:23 and 2 Timothy 4:20. Before ending our day we will visit Cenchreae, the ancient port region of Corinth. Acts 18:18 states that Paul stopped at Cenchreae during his second missionary journey. We will then return to Athens for the evening. 

Sunday, March 15
Athens, Greece

Meals:  Breakfast and Dinner

You will have the morning and early afternoon for personal sight-seeing, shopping, and packing.  We will then end the day with a most memorable farewell dinner. We will be honored to have Professor Dr. Christos Karakolis speak. Professor Karakolis serves as Professor New Testament at the Department of Theology of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Dr. Wallace will also speak, concluding our “Insider’s Expedition.”

 
Monday, March 16

Meals:  Breakfast  

In the morning, we will travel to the Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport in Athens for our departure flight.  Later that day, we will return home physically exhausted but spiritually refreshed!!

The total cost of this ten-day tour of Greece is $6,850.00 per person (This price is based on a double occupancy.  Single occupancy will cost an additional $850.00.)  This price includes the following:

  • Round-trip air transportation from Dallas, Texas to Athens, Greece.
  • All meals except one lunch. A special Farewell Dinner is also included.
  • Excellent four/five-star accommodations. You will be staying at strategic
    locations so you can make the most of your time in Greece.
  • One-day cruise of three Saronic Gulf islands.
  • All ground transportation, transfers, and luggage handling.
  • All entrance fees.
  • Guides and escorts AND all tips.
  • Taxes and fees.
  • On-site booklet and printed materials.

*The total cost does not include one lunch, souvenirs, passport, transportation to and from the Dallas International Airport, fines, tickets, bail, gas surcharges, etc., health or trip insurance, medical attention if needed, personal traveling, and personal spending money.

**All tour prices are based on costs, charges, taxes and US dollar exchange rates known at the time of booking. We regret should any of these costs change, a surcharge may be added to the cost of your tour. You would be notified prior to travel.

Payment Options:
All payments are made through Ancient Tours’ website or by check via US mail. You will be directed to “payment options” when you register on our website.

  • Option A:  Full Payment of $6,850.00 per person with a completed registration form until November 1, 2019.
  • Option B: Full payment of $6,999.00 per person with a completed registration form by December 1, 2019.
  • Option C:  Installment Payment Plan of $6,999.00 per person. Three payments: a deposit of $2,333.00 per person with a completed registration form, a second payment of $2,333.00 per person by December 1, 2019, and a third payment of $2,333.00 per person by January 1, 2020. A late fee of $50 will be added per person for each payment made after the deadline.

Athens, Greece – Fruit for sale at a produce stand in Monastiraki Square, a popular public plaza with a flea market and marketplace.

*A minimum deposit of $2,333.00 per person and a completed registration form is necessary to secure a place on this tour. There are only a limited number of seats available for this tour.

**Before November 1, 2019, all monies are refundable (minus $500 service charge for having used a credit card if you should cancel).  After November 1, 2019 and prior to December 1, 2019, all but $2,333.00 per person is refundable. After December 1, 2019, no refund will be given.  All cancellations must be received in writing. No monies are transferable. Cancellation fees apply regardless of the reason, including medical and family emergencies. All monies are refunded by check only.

*** Deviation from group accommodations and air flights incur additional costs and will be charged to the passenger.